Commissioners working on plans for Glenwood, Milleville, and St. Andrews

 BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Some years ago, Panama City Commissioners began working on a plan for the future. They’re making individual plans for the Glenwood, Millville, and St. Andrews communities. In 2020 Panama City officials started a visioning process for the neighborhoods. Commissioners want residents’ input before passing final plans. They heard the first […] [[{“value”:”

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Some years ago, Panama City Commissioners began working on a plan for the future. They’re making individual plans for the Glenwood, Millville, and St. Andrews communities.

In 2020 Panama City officials started a visioning process for the neighborhoods.

Commissioners want residents’ input before passing final plans. They heard the first public reading of the ordinances during Tuesday’s meeting.

“This is a master land use plan so there are three categories that were created, the neighborhood downtown, neighborhood general, and neighborhood residential, so there had to be an ordinance for each one of those because they were overlaying their specific areas,” Panama City Commissioner Josh Street said.

Each area will have certain restrictions.

“It’s really changing the setbacks, allowing different densities, and it does involve some height restrictions as well. And so the community spoke very clearly that we want to be reflective of what we are as a city and that’s not going to involve 20-30 story condos everywhere,” Street said.

The city will hold several public meetings to receive input on the proposed plan. One man said he is disappointed the city has taken this long to move forward with the plans.

“Six times I have stood here before this commission and asked when would the Dover Kohl neighborhood plans be in effect, we have a great master plan, but we’re not acting on it after three years and I have to say, I was sorry to see Ms. William’s presentation that we’re again going to have public input and it will be months again,” a resident said.

But city officials said there is a reason the process is moving slowly.

“As we’re going through it, there were a lot of changes and transitions, not only on the commission but also in leadership inside of the city, and so we really needed some time to get everybody up to speed on what’s actually happening with these. So now we’re at that point and so now it’s going back out into the community and saying, hey, look, these are the plans that have kind of been put in place to help us shape it,” Street continued.

Proposed plans also address the lack of affordable residential homes. The city has set tentative dates for the public meetings. You can find those dates and meeting locations as they are posted on the city’s website. Click here to learn more about the current proposed plan.

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